ClayFighter is a fighting game released for the Super NES in 1993 and later ported to Mega Drive/Genesis in 1994. It has been re-released on Nintendo's Virtual Console along with the two Earthworm Jim games and Boogerman, which are also by Interplay.
Identifier sg_Clay_Fighter_1994_Interplay_Ringler_Studios_Visual_Concepts_USMediatype softwareScanner Internet Archive Python library 0.5.2Publicdate 2014-05-06 03:05:31Addeddate 2014-05-06 03:05:31Emulator_ext binEmulator genesisCreator Interplay/Ringler Studios/Visual ConceptsDate 1994Year 1994Language English
Most of the game features a circus theme focused more on humor than serious gameplay. It features claymation-style graphics that were created by photographing and digitizing actual clay models.
The game was one of the two "clay" themed game franchises made by Interplay, the second being a platformer titled Claymates.
ClayFighter's design was originally made to compete with fighting games such as Mortal Kombat but without the heavy violence and gore that was becoming controversial. Interplay pushed the game saying "Parents who object to blood-and-guts games now have an alternative title that gives kids the kind of intense action they want to see in fighting games" to draw sales.
A meteor made entirely out of clay crash-lands on the grounds of a humble American circus. The goo from the interstellar object contaminates all of the circus' attractions, transforming them into bizarre caricatures of their former selves, with new superpowers.